The Mayor of Southwark

Profile of the Mayor

Councillor Barrie Hargrove, the Mayor of Southwark has lived in the Old Kent Road, Peckham area since he was a very young child. He was loved and brought up by parents who themselves had Old Kent Road roots dating back generations. As an infant, he attended Camelot Primary School and attended Walworth Comprehensive School in the 1970s. First elected to Southwark Council in 1995 Barrie has enthusiastically continued to serve as a Councillor to this day.

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Mayor Barrie Hargrove

Barrie is immensely proud of Southwark and very much looking forward to his year in office, often saying he is ‘Southwark through and through’. He is acutely aware that as a mayor taking office in 2020, he faces a number of different challenges due to the restrictions of the COVID-19 global pandemic, stating in his acceptance speech that he must ‘remind myself that I am to be the Virtual Mayor.’

It is Cllr Hargrove’s expressed wish that the COVID-19 curtailed charity choices of the previous Mayor, Cllr Sandra Rhule, will continue to be supported for the remainder of this municipal year. These are:

  • The MumMum Foundation: MumMum is a wonderful local charity who create space and time for those ‘Mums’ suffering from Cancer. They work to enable suffers to spend time and create memories with their families
  • Camberwell Choir School: The school promote individual creativity in music. Their ethos is based on the approach that Every Child Matters
  • Art Academy London: The Academy run a community outreach programme, offering free spaces to local children and disability groups

In his acceptance speech, the Mayor stated his desire to concentrate on community engagement.  He is looking forward to the challenges that lay ahead and will work hard to raise awareness and support for the charities appeal this year. 

The Mayor announced Ms Mary Doherty MBE, as his Mayoress for the year. Councillor Sunil Chopra was appointed as the Deputy Mayor and his Consort will be Mrs Varsha Chopra.

Page last updated: 28 January 2022

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